Wherever you’re located, the health of your sod is vital. Whether you oversee a golf course, sports field, or park, good-looking sod is central to your business. The overall health of your sod is highly dependent upon the development of a healthy root system. Strong roots will allow your sod to grow to its maximum potential and withstand adverse conditions such as drought, insects, and disease.
Several possible factors can impact the health of the root system in new sod, preventing the sod from growing and developing correctly. Below are three common factors to negative root system development.
1. The Soil Beneath Your Sod
Soil consistency plays a significant role in healthy roots. Sod roots need to be able to grow deep into the soil to receive needed nutrients. The most essential nutrient soil provides for sod roots is water. Overly compacted soil, such as clay, can retain too much water, causing the roots to stop short and not continue growing down into the soil looking for water. Conversely, sandy soils allow water to drain too quickly, causing sod roots to dry out.
2. The Amount of Water Your Sod Receives
As mentioned above, water is crucial to a healthy root system. New sod, particularly within the first two weeks, needs to be regularly irrigated to allow deep roots to grow. The water must reach beyond the sod layer and into the soil beneath. A heavy watering should be done on the first day after laying new sod, as the ground will be hard and compacted. Watering should continue 2-4 times a day for the first two weeks. However, make sure not to water too much. Too much water drowns existing roots, causes the growth of mold and fungus, and attracts insects. Watering should be stopped before standing water develops.
3. Sod Maintenance
Once new sod is planted, it takes at least a week for new roots to begin forming. During these early stages, sod roots are incredibly fragile. Make sure not to mow or perform other taxing activities on your new sod until the roots can hold firmly to the soil. Such activities can crush the roots, halt growth, and ultimately cause your new sod to die. Check the sod’s root development by gently lifting a corner of the sod. If the roots have grown enough to begin these activities, the sod should be hard to lift. Make sure to check multiple areas to ensure the sod roots have evenly grown.
Use the AGRI-vator to Maximize Sod Root Development
Good tools can make growing healthy new sod much easier. 1st Products provides one of the leading agricultural equipment for sod in the AGRI-vator, which can help your sod grow 30% faster. The AGRI-vator helps relieve compacted soil while simultaneously aerating the soil. Dealing with compaction and aerating the soil allows water and nutrients to move deep into the ground, pushing roots to grow further, and feeding the roots that have already developed.
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